I am a Professor of International Business and Strategy and the Lloyd Mullin Research Fellow at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. I am also the Bualuang ASEAN Chair Professor at Thammasat University, Thailand; Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging Market Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and Faculty Associate at the Center for Emerging Markets and at the Business Sustainability Initiative, both at Northeastern University, USA

was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, the top association of international business scholars, in 2016, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, in 2019. 


I am expert on global strategy, and study three topics in my research: the internationalization of firms, with a special interest in emerging market multinationals; capability upgrading, particularly technological capabilities; and governance challenges, focusing on state ownership and corruption in international business. 

I have published seven books, sixty-two articles in Web of Science journals, of which twenty-one appear in the FT-50 list, and forty-one chapters in academic books. These publications have been cited 13800 times according to Google Scholar and over 5450 times according to the Web of Science. Some of my research appears in leading academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal. I coauthored or coedited the books Innovating for the middle of the pyramid in emerging markets (2021), Building Strategic Capabilities in Emerging Markets (2020), Mexican Multinationals: Building Multinationals in Emerging Markets (2018), State-Owned Multinationals: Governments in Global Business (2018), Emerging Market Multinationals: Solving Operational Challenges in Internationalization (2016), and Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets (2014). 

My research has received numerous awards. I received a JIBS silver medal for my publications in Journal of International Business Studies. Two of my papers obtained best paper awards from the Academy of Management’s International Management division, and one received the best paper award from the European International Business Academy. The dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the Free Press Best Dissertation Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management. A paper from my dissertation at the University of Salamanca received the best Ph.D. student paper award in strategy from the Academy of Management. 

My geographical area of expertise is Latin America. I have done fieldwork and interviewed managers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ireland, Nicaragua, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, and the US. 


I provide research-informed insights to firms, governments, and universities. I have done consulting and training on global strategy for owners and top executives of firms in Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Poland, and the USA. I have also been involved in consulting and training on how to support the internationalization of domestic firms for government agencies in Brazil and Thailand. Finally, I have provided training on how to build research capabilities for universities in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand. 


I have served in leadership positions at top professional associations. I was elected and served in the Executive Committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management, the leading association of management scholars; was elected as Representative-at-Large in the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, and served in multiple committees evaluating nominations for awards for best paper and eminent scholar at the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and Strategic Management Society. I served as Program Track Chair at the Academy of International Business’ Annual Meeting three times, co-organized the program of the Academy of International Business’ Latin American Chapter, and organized and chaired panels and sessions at the conference. 

I play an active role in academic journals. I am co-editor of Global Strategy Journal, the leading journal in global strategy, and consulting editor of Journal of International Business Studies, the top journal in international business, in which I previously served as reviewing editor. I edited special issues of Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of World Business, and Journal of International Management. I serve on the editorial boards of leading journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Strategic Management Journal.  Additionally, I have acted as an expert reviewer for the National Science Foundations of Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, South Africa, and the USA.

In recognition of my service, I received an Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of International Business, two Best Reviewer Awards from Journal of International Business Studies, one Best Reviewer Award from Journal of International Management, and nine Best Reviewer Awards from academic conferences.


I teach courses on global strategy and sustainability at the undergraduate, masters, executive and Ph.D. levels. I taught at Northeastern University, University of South Carolina and University of Minnesota in the USA, IPADE Business School and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, Fundação Getulio Vargas and Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil, Thammasat University in Thailand, University of Valencia in Spain, UNIS Business School in Guatemala, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Austria, and Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. 

I was a finalist for Professor of the Year Award at the University of South Carolina.


I was awarded a Ph.D. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the University of Salamanca, Spain, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with specializations in finance and marketing, from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.


In my (limited) free time, I teach karate, enjoy hiking and photography, and love traveling. 

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